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Bernie Sanders makes his pitch at prominent NC black church ahead of Super Tuesday

By Yonat Shimron — February 27, 2020

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (RNS) — The Democratic candidate spoke about how he would help the nation’s poor. But on the critical issue of race, Sanders offered few targeted solutions.

Communion should be personal, not political

By John Gehring — October 31, 2019

(RNS) — Pastors who think they are protecting the faith by denying pro-choice Catholics Communion should remember that Jesus built his movement by instead inviting the sinful and vulnerable to the table.

‘Sheltering wings:’ Charleston memorial plan conveys solace

By Jonathan Drew — July 16, 2018

(AP) — Designs for a memorial to nine black worshippers slain at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, began not at a drafting table, but with discussions with grieving family members about how best to honor those lost in the racist attack. The result will be less of a solemn monument and more of a heavenly embrace to those visiting the historic Charleston church.

Charleston church shooting suspect found competent to stand trial

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 25, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Accused white supremacist Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial for the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year, a federal judge rules.

Jury selection enters final phase in Charleston church shooting

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 7, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) The final phase of jury selection begins in the U.S. death penalty trial for a white man charged with federal hate crimes after the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church last year.

Charleston ‘on eggshells’ on eve of two racially charged trials

By RNS staff — October 30, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) Two South Carolina shootings that rocked the country last year and raised questions about race in America are now headed for trial.

Southern Baptists: ‘Discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 14, 2016

(RNS) Baptists considered the resolution almost a year after nine people were gunned down at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., by an alleged killer who posed for photos with the rebel flag.

U.S. to seek death penalty against accused church shooter

By RNS staff — May 25, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June.

Clinton takes Nevada; Trump conquers South Carolina and Bush drops out

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — February 20, 2016

(RNS) S.C. evangelicals divided votes among tough-on-terror Trump, son-of-a-pastor Cruz, and Catholic Rubio. Race and ethnicity mattered more in Nevada.

South Carolina bill worries immigration advocates

By Adelle M. Banks — February 11, 2016

(RNS) The current language includes a provision calling for “civil liability for voluntary resettlement organizations arising from the actions of a refugee placed in this state.”

Activist who took down Confederate flag drew on her faith and on new civil rights awakening

By Jesse James DeConto — July 12, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) Speaking at the Wild Goose Festival, Bree Newsome said she prepared for her mission, scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse, by rereading the biblical story of David and Goliath.

Will Southern Baptists back Russell Moore’s call to remove Confederate flag?

By Adelle M. Banks — June 22, 2015

(RNS) Some say Moore’s call is a marker of a changing ethos within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination as conservative Christians join in mourning the “Emanuel Nine.” Others wonder if the divide over the flag remains.

5 faith facts about Lindsey Graham: Religious right spear carrier

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — June 1, 2015

(RNS) He’s zealous about religious freedom, accuses the Islamic State of religious genocide, and fervently wants to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains success

By Omar Sacirbey — May 16, 2013

(RNS) After losing steam in recent years, the anti-Shariah movement has scored a string of victories by, ironically, leaving the words “Shariah” and “Islam” out of bills that restrict state courts from considering foreign law.

All eyes on Texas, S.C. church property fights

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — February 18, 2013

(RNS) When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations, civil courts traditionally have said buildings and land are not theirs to keep. But outcomes could be different this year as high-profile cases wind their way through courts in Texas and South Carolina.

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